Seven Year Witch and Truett live at The Hummingbird
|Seven Year Witch|
|January 18, 2020|
|The Hummingbird Stage & Taproom|
The backwoods of South Carolina isn’t one’s first thought when it comes to a modern shock to the heart of rock n’ roll. Straight out of left field with an electrifying hybrid of hard rock, blues-punk, and 70’s garage rock, Seven Year Witch emerges with enough stage energy to feed a generation starved of real rock n’ roll. After years of performing under a different name, the group unveiled the Seven Year Witch title in 2018. The band’s reception exploded regionally, as they began to share the stage with the likes of Jackyl, Buckcherry, P.O.D, Tom Keifer’s Cinderella, Pop Evil, and Crobot.
Seven Year Witch is first recognized by vocalist Aaron Langford. His unrivaled stage presence and a deafening, classically trained voice respectfully nod to the likes of Chris Cornell. Brothers Seth and Spencer Burden, bound by blood, drive the rhythm section of the band in a thunderous Zeppelin-meets-Sabbath inspired fashion. Recruited in 2019, guitarist Gage Worley provides the band with a blistering wall of sound, steeped in the heritage of a family of revered musicians. The group is a natural fit; a young and hungry group of scoundrels, hell bent on cementing their name in the book of all American rock n’ roll.
With no big city fluff and proudly independent, Seven Year Witch continues to develop a cult-like following. The band frequents an east coast and Midwest circuit, all the way from Texas to Canada and anywhere in between. The group has been featured in South Carolina’s most notable festivals (Fall For Greenville, Spittoono, Melting Pot Music Fest) and countless biker rallies and events. Having battled poverty and the scrutiny of rock n’ roll in the bible belt, Seven Year Witch has cut their teeth and made their own luck.
People often talk about musicians needing to “pay their dues” before they deserve success. Truett has paid his many times over; enough to treat himself and ten friends to an all expenses paid trip straight to the top. Sweating it out night after night in blues bars around the South, screaming into the bright lights and cigarette smoke like the ghost of Howlin’ Wolf, soloing until his hands bled hour after hour, roadhouse after roadhouse, mile after mile.
Fast forward to today, Truett has not only developed immensely as an artist, but also as a songwriter and performer, touring all across the US and Europe, supporting the likes of Ron Pope and Jonathan Tyler, and headlining shows of his own. He released his debut self-titled EP in 2016 and now has a sophomore project, Lies and Lightning, under his belt.
“This record I focused more on ideas, lyrics and music that I had been carrying with me for a long time. Every song on this record is a story from the road or a struggle that I have dealt with in this industry, I’m very proud of it,” Truett says.
Is Truett a soul singer? He was raised on Bill Withers and Stevie Wonder and can croon a Sam Cooke song or shout his lungs out a la Jackie Wilson. Is Truett a guitar virtuoso? Hearing him play is like having Albert Collins throw his drink in your face and kick his muddy boot up on your table to solo at the height of his powers. Is what Truett does easy to define? Absolutely not. He’ll take you from the Mississippi Delta to Prince’s Minneapolis, Chicago blues to Bowery Punk, down through Outkast’s Atlanta and out the other side of the psychedelic rabbit hole. That explosive mix makes for a singular experience.
Truett is more than the sum of his influences; what he does is unique and spectacular. His work is evocative of many things, but a carbon copy of nothing that came before. He’s classic and modern, new and old, absolutely stunning in his raw, unbridled authenticity.